A crash on day two of Rally Estonia saw Craig Breen drop out of contention having earned an impressive overnight lead.

The Waterford native and co-driver Paul Nagle won Thursday's super special stage, pipping World Rally Championship leader Kalle Rovanpera of Finland by 0.1 seconds.

When the action resumed on Friday, Breen was fourth fastest in both the second and third stages which had the M-Sport team leader third overall, 14.2 seconds behind Wales' Elfyn Evans and just behind Rovanpera.

But a crash 15km into the fourth stage saw the car slide off as Breen negotiated a left-hand turn and resulted in damage to the Puma's steering, ending his day's action and effectively curtailing any hopes he had at the event.

Breen is expected to rejoin on Saturday when drivers face a further nine stages around the ski resort of Otepaa.

Rovanpera reeled in Toyota team mate Elfyn Evans on a slippery first full day of action.

After nine stages the Finn was 11.7 seconds clear of the Welshman, who lost time when he slid off the muddy road in heavy rain on the day's final stage and saw a 10 second lead disappear.

Estonia's 2019 world champion Ott Tanak was in third place for Hyundai and 44.3 seconds off the lead.

Evans won five stages in a row before Rovanpera closed the day with three straight wins.